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Commerce teams up with communities to #FightHolidayHunger

Food insecurity is on the rise—in fact, according to the Urban Institute, more than one in five U.S. adults said they experienced food insecurity in 2022. Nearly one in four adults who have children under 19 in the home reported food insecurity.

That’s why we kicked off an initiative to #FightHolidayHunger at area food banks this holiday season. With donations of more than 1,500 pounds and counting, amounting to hundreds of meals to help feed families across Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado. Plus, Commerce is proud to announce we will be donating $10,000 to Feeding America.

“We’re deeply committed to the communities in which we do business,” says Jackie Loya-Torres, Manager, CRA and Community Development for Commerce Bank. Loya-Torres was an integral part of the initiative, serving as a liaison between the Harvesters Community Food Network and Commerce Bank. “In order to be strong and healthy, a community needs corporate partners like Commerce to support, connect with and engage. We depend on each other, and when needs arise we strive to find solutions that are mutually beneficial.”

You may have heard the saying, “to whom much is given, much is required.” For Loya-Torres, it’s a phrase she was raised on—and it’s a phrase that resonates with Commerce Bank.

“When we’re blessed with opportunities, skills and experiences, we should share them in a way that can improve and enhance the world around us,” Loya-Torres says. “Enterprises like Commerce Bank can also bring solutions to the challenges facing communities. The result is communities and businesses that thrive together.”

We’re humbled and thankful this holiday season that our #FightHolidayHunger campaign was able to help those less fortunate by supporting the communities in which we live and work. We’re proud to continue our tradition of taking an active role in the communities we serve, and we thank you for helping us help our neighbors this holiday season.

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